Var. morrisonicola described as "[a] shrub or tree, procumbent, up to 5-10 m in height, up to 1 m in diameter, the branches long, decumbent, terete, the branchlets ascending. Leaves linear, 3-5 mm long, 1 mm broad, densely and ternately arranged, concave and whitish above, grooved and green beneath. Cones globose or ellipsoid, 6-8 mm long, purplish black when mature, subtended by several bracts at the base. Seeds solitary, globose or ovoid" (Li 1975).
Afghanistan, India, China, Taiwan (Silba 1986). The variety found only in Taiwan: "central ranges at high altitudes of over 3,000 meters, the highest growing conifer of the island, forming a dense scrub or on open, exposed slopes growing as a tree" (Li 1975). Hardy to Zone 5 (cold hardiness limit between -28.8°C and -23.3°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001, variety not specified).
Reported collections of var. morrisonicola (HAST Database) include:
Yushan National Park looks like a good place to see it.
Hayata, B. 1908. New Conifers from Formosa. Gardeners' Chronicle ser. 3, 43:194. Available: Google Books, accessed 2012.10.29. First description of the Taiwan variety.m
Farjon (2005) provides a detailed account, with illustrations.
Huang 1994 (the Flora of Taiwan).
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